Updated March 20th 2020
School Closed from Monday 23rd March
Following the government guidance, as issued on Wednesday 18th, the school will close on Friday until further notice. We will be providing a childcare service for key workers and vulnerable children only. Free School Meal children will be contacted directly about alternative food provision.
Whilst this is a necessary step, it is with great sadness that we are having to close our doors on Friday afternoon. Coleridge has always been an exciting and vibrant place and it will be extremely sad seeing the school become so quiet and empty. We will do our utmost to remain in contact with you all and very much look forward to the time when we will be able to open our gates to you all again.
Key Worker Childcare Provision
Though the school will be closed to the majority of children, we will continue to support key workers by offering them childcare during this period. Key workers are defined on this page on the government website. This provision is dependent on being able to ensure the health and safety of the children in our care, and that of the staff team working with them.
It is important that you support the school by only using this service if you are a key worker, and you have no alternative childcare provision. Please understand that we have a duty of care to ensure that the numbers in school are kept to a minimum in order to mitigate the risk of the Coronavirus spreading.
The service we are planning to offer will run from 9.00am to 3.00pm each day, and will be childcare to enable you to work. It will not be possible for the school to offer structured lessons, but children who attend will have the opportunity to do the learning activities provided by your class teacher.
Your child will need to bring a packed lunch to school each day.
In order that we can plan for appropriate levels of staffing, you will need to indicate which days of childcare you will require in advance of the start of each week. Please click here for the Key Worker Childcare Form and submit this to email@example.com before 1:00pm each Friday (beginning 20th March).
For the service to stay open, it is essential for you to ensure that you collect your child promptly at 3.00pm each day. For this reason, you must also include on the form, the contact details of someone local who can collect your child in the event of you being late.
We are committed to supporting you as key workers, and we will run this service for as long as it is possible. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to keep the school open indefinitely, and would advise that you begin to make alternative plans in the event that we do need to close the school.
The government has expressed a desire for the school to remain open over the Easter holidays and we will endeavour to do so. However, it may not be possible due to staffing levels. We will be reviewing the provision on an ongoing basis.
If you require early morning or late afternoon childcare beyond what the school is offering, please contact Sarah Miller at FairPlay, firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, Sarah can be contacted on 07843 694 200. Places will be given to children of key workers only and will be subject to availability.
Free School Meals
We will contact any parent who has a child entitled to Free School Meals directly, to tell them about food packages the school will be providing. Please note that this does not include the Universal Free School Meals for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
To find out whether your child is entitled to Free School Meals, please use this Free School Eligibility Checker.
Whilst the school is closed, we will be providing resources and activities to support your child’s learning at home.
These resources, which have been written by your child’s class teacher, will be uploaded to the school website every Friday evening by 6pm. They can be found on the Learning tab, under Remote Learning – you can also click this link.
In preparing these resources, we have had to account for the fact that many parents will be busy working from home and may not have lots of time to support their children in daily learning. For this reason, many of the activities, particularly those aimed at older children, can be completed independently by the child, or with minimal adult guidance.
As some parents will have children of different ages at home, we have also included some projects and activities which span the age range so that siblings can work on these together and support one another in their learning.
We have also given consideration to the fact that many families may not have access to multiple devices and have therefore limited the number of online learning tasks. Most activities can either be printed off, or completed without the use of a computer or tablet.
At present, there is no facility to upload completed tasks so that they can be marked by the class teacher, but we encourage all children to keep their work in a folder, to be brought back into school when we re-open.
Please try to complete as much of the work as possible given your current family circumstances.